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Emily Maitlis says Prince Andrew raised sweating issue ahead of BBC interview

'I remember him asking me very directly if we thought that would be interesting to hear. And I said yes — I was fascinated by adrenalin'
Emily Maitlis' interview with Prince Andrew hit headlines around the world

Emily Maitlis' interview with Prince Andrew hit headlines around the world

Neil Fetherstonhaugh

The BBC's Emily Maitlis has revealed how Prince Andrew had raised the issue about his inability to sweat in a meeting ahead of their now infamous Newsnight interview.

The broadcaster quizzed the Duke of York in November 2019 over allegations made by Virginia Roberts that he had sex with her three times after she was trafficked by paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

The prince’s claim in his interview with Ms Maitlis that a medical condition had left him unable to perspire has become a key issue in the case being taken against him by Ms Roberts.

Ms Roberts, who is now suing the Duke under her married name of Giuffre, said he had sweated profusely when she claimed to have danced with him in 2001 at London's Tramp nightclub.

However, Andrew made the extraordinary claim that he could not sweat after being shot at during the Falklands War.

Prince Andrew made the sweating claims in the interview

Prince Andrew made the sweating claims in the interview

Ms Maitlis wrote on the BBC website that he had asked her, in the days leading up to the interview, would the mention of his physical trait be “interesting”.

“It was Prince Andrew who volunteered the information to me in that early meeting that he was ‘unable to sweat’,” Ms Maitlis wrote on the BBC website. “His Falkland Islands wartime experiences, he claimed, had produced a glut of adrenalin that meant he hadn’t been able to sweat properly since being shot at.

“I remember him asking me very directly if we thought that would be interesting to hear. And I said yes — I was fascinated by adrenalin — and that we wanted to hear as much detail of his account as we could.”

If the lawsuit moves ahead to the discovery phase, then Ms Giuffre’s legal team will be able to request proof that the Duke doesn’t sweat, as claimed in the interview.

Ms Maitlis also said that Andrew agreed to the interview because he wanted to “clear his name”.

She added: “He believed things had been said about him that he could disprove. And he had his defence ready.”

In the interview, which has been viewed millions of times, Andrew also claimed to have been at Pizza Express in Woking on one of the days that Ms Giuffre claims he assaulted her.

Ms Giuffre is making a claim against the Duke for battery and infliction of emotional distress.

She claims she was raped on three occasions in 2001 when she was 17 and he was 41.

It led to Andrew stepping back from the royal limelight.

The Duke’s lawyers this week claimed that a 2009 agreement between Ms Giuffre and Epstein saying that she can’t sue ‘any other potential defendants’, including ‘royalty’, means that the civil case against Prince Andrew should be thrown out.

Prince Andrew and Virginia Giuffre

Prince Andrew and Virginia Giuffre

Andrew’s lawyer, Andrew Brettler, claims that since Andrew was identified in the $500,000 settlement as ‘royalty’, he qualified as someone who was covered in Ms Giuffre’s settlement with Epstein.

Epstein’s former partner Ghislaine Maxwell who was recently found guilty on five of six charges surrounding child sex trafficking for Epstein, faces 65 years in prison.


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